Compared with other stages of having a baby, breastfeeding is considered to be a simple activity for many parents. However, you can still make huge mistakes in this seem-to-be easy task if you follow the wrong source of information and advice. Have a look at the top 4 most common breastfeeding myths every parent should be aware of:
1. Small breast size means low milk supply.
In reality, it has been proven that there is no such thing as a correlation between a woman’s size of the breast and her production of milk. Regardless of your cup size, you are still capable of making enough milk if you nurse the baby frequently and are in good health condition.
2. Don’t nurse your baby if you have a breast infection.
The truth is, it is even almost obligatory for mothers to do the opposite to this advice. The primary culprit of the breast infection (or Mastitis) is blocked ducts, which are caused by lack of milk removal. Thus, no matter how painful it can be, mothers with breast infections have to discharge their milk as frequent as possible either by pumping it out or more preferably, directly feeding their baby in order to relieve the condition. Since mastitis occurs within your breast tissues, the bacteria won’t leak out into the breast milk. Even when it does in some certain situations, the acid in your baby’s stomach would take care of it easily.
3. It would be hard to wean your baby if they are breastfed for more than a year.
Not only does breast milk contain all the nutrients your baby needs but it is also filled with antibodies which boost your baby’s immune system significantly. No type of food can be compared with breast milk considering the irreplaceable benefits it brings. Therefore, it is highly recommended for mothers to continue nursing their babies as long as it is possible for both sides. You should only start weaning your baby once you feel like they no longer enjoy breastfeeding.
4. Breastfeeding is a good contraceptive method.
The answer is both yes and no. While it is true that breastfeeding can prevent you from having another pregnancy by changing your hormones and delaying the returning of your period, the method can only be used in those first few months of post-pregnancy (no longer than 6 months). Moreover, it is only effective if you nurse your baby on high demand without giving them any other source of food or water. It is not recommended for parents to see this method as a completely reliable way of birth control as female ovulation can come back before she has her first period.
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Review Date: January 23, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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